We took Brody to the doctor on Friday for a follow-up bilirubin check. His level upon check-out from the hospital was 7.4, so the pediatrician wanted us to re-check him in a couple days to make sure it wasn’t going up. When we got it checked on Friday, it was 16. Our pediatrician didn’t think Brody looked very yellow and actually did a second check to make sure it was correct- unfortunately, it was. So, we were given an order for a bili-blanket, which is basically a paddle of UV light that sits against Brody’s back under his clothes. The light is supposed to help break up the bilirubin so that Brody’s body can pass it out through his stool and urine.
He had to be hooked up to the blanket 24/7, unless he was getting a bath or a diaper change. It’s definitely bulky with a huge heavy cord behind his back and not very comfortable for him, plus since it has to plug in, it’s not very mobile. I’ve been spending most of the day in the living room with him while Knox has played with Trevor in the playroom. I was VERY ready to go back to the doctor this morning for his bilirubin check so we could get rid of it!! That didn’t go the way I had hoped. His level only dropped to 15.3 down from 16. Which means at least two more days of this blanket.
Obviously, I am so grateful that they have this technology so that Brody can be home with us while under lights instead of having to stay in the NICU. That was our biggest prayer, that he would stay out of the NICU! However, I do not have to like that he has to be hooked up to something all day long! I’m only human, and I don’t think any one is thrilled when their baby has a problem of any sort. I know a lot of people had to use the bili-bed, which is even less portable, and I cannot imagine how that would have been. I seriously hate it, but at least I can still hold him and feed him!! I am so ridiculously hormonal right now that the tiniest mishap sends me into fits of crying/ emotional breakdowns. When I found out he had to go on the blanket to begin with, I barely held it together inside the office, but I lost it when we got in the car. Today, I pretty much freaked out the second I got in the car. I was so ready to have zero issues this time around, granted this is a VERY small issue, but it just caught me off-guard. Today, I was convinced the level would be much lower since we have been very faithful with the light on for at least 22 hours a day. It was just so disappointing.
We go back in on Wednesday, and I am praying so hard that he’s able to go off of the lights, then. One piece of good news is that Brody is now gaining weight! He was born at 7lbs 10oz, and was down to 7lbs even on Friday. Today he was 7lbs 3oz, so he gained just over an ounce a day, which is fantastic. Hopefully he’ll keep that up!
I really need to load pictures onto my computer because I have so many cute ones of Brody! I promise I’ll give you more of those soon!
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